At some point, my childhood religion stopped doing the trick for me. I saw how my strict Catholic father was often unhappy and how he often made others unhappy. When I was little I remember putting “Mrs. Doubtfire” in the VCR and fast-forwarding to the climax (where Mrs. Doubtfire gives Stu the Heimlich maneuver) dozens of times because that was the only thing that I knew of that would make my dad … [Read more...] about Though Shalt be Funny: Improv – The Funny Person's Religion
There was this fight over money between us. It wasn’t an overt fight—we weren’t screamers and we didn’t like to argue—but it was there, permeating the room all the time like a poisonous gas, sightless and scentless but lethal just the same. It infected everything. It was a silent-treatment standoff of a fight over who wasn’t earning enough, which of our money choices was making the relationship … [Read more...] about Debt-Free Love Story: How One Couple’s Promise to Stop Using Credit Cards Rekindled Everything
Author of All My Friends are Engaged has taken some time from her busy NYC life, to tell us a little more about herself and her new eBook. First of all, let me just say, the title itself was captivating enough. Who hasn’t been there before, where we become the black sheep of the bunch, being left behind while all our friends are getting engaged and married? I know I’m already there! So it’s easy … [Read more...] about Interview with Jen Glantz: Author of “All My Friends are Engaged”
From "The Drill" Ethel’s scrubbing potatoes for a salad in the kitchen and stewing about the fact that Vernon always forgets to thank her for her cooking or the time it takes to iron his pleated khakis or the way she’s kept the floors clean for fifty years, until she drops the potatoes into a pot and sets them on the stove, and it’s then that she notices he still hasn’t fixed that front left … [Read more...] about An Excerpt From Mary Elizabeth Pope’s Divining Venus
What do you think is the biggest gift, the ultimate gift, you can give another human being? Any human being, no matter who they are to you. This applies to parents, children, lovers, acquaintances, and coworkers. What is the biggest gift you can give them? Your joy! Your joy and well-being is the best gift you can give another human being. That is all anyone wants from you. That is all the … [Read more...] about Love Guru Heather Hans and The Ultimate Gift
We all know the John Lennon quote that says something like “life is what happens when you’re busy making other plans”. This is one of those things that you can’t realize until retrospectively examining your life. I spent 3 years of my life in Boston loving life, but in the back of my mind I could hear a voice that said “this won’t last”. Although I was looking forward to graduating and moving back … [Read more...] about Post Grad in Boston: And When Things Don’t Go As Planned?
“About time we reached my stop. Any hour on a train is an hour ill spent, and I’ve wasted enough of them as it is.” The bear shook his watch at Molly. “How am I supposed to make time with this annoying piece of garbage! A man can only own and fix so many watches for himself.” “If you dislike the piece so much, why not throw it away?” “Throw it away? A fine pocket watch such as this?” “But … [Read more...] about The Unordinary, Never Extraordinary: Not So Blah After All
“Hmm,” the bear rumbled, squinting through his monocle. Molly noticed a crack in the glass, something she hadn’t caught before, and wondered why such a proper bear didn’t fix it. He hummed again, though in any other of his kind, the sound might have been a growl. Resonating in his chest, it was merely the grumbling of a critical older gentleman. “Not sure why I bother with this thing,” the bear … [Read more...] about The Unordinary, Never Extraordinary Part 6: Pink Funerals